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GFSE Foundation Supports 1st Ghana Energy Transition Forum

Energy Transition Forum

The Global Future Sustainable Energy Foundation (GFSE Foundation) participated in the just concluded Energy Transition Forum held in the northern regional capital of Tamale on March 2, 2022.

Ghana is currently making efforts to diversify its power generation to ensure net zero emissions.

The forum was organized by the Ministry of Energy and brought together stakeholders from energy sector and energy-related institutions, academics, NGOs and civil society organizations to deliberate on the way forward. to follow for the energy sector in Ghana, particularly with regard to the renewable energy sub-sector.

Ghana’s energy transition plan stems from its commitment to the Paris Agreement to achieve net zero emissions as part of the expected results of implementing Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

The objective and orientation of the transition are: decarbonization, energy efficiency, energy security and renewable energies.

The agenda of the program was among others; Why the energy transition? Benefits and challenges of energy transition in Ghana, Ghana’s current transition approach, gaps identified and what should be done, establishment of the NET committee and terms of reference for the NET committee.

The deliberations were fruitful as participants shared their knowledge, experiences and constructive criticism on the way forward for this emerging energy transition.
The objectives of the plan are to increase the production of electricity based on natural gas, to increase the share of modern renewable energies (wind, solar, small hydraulics, energy recovery from waste, etc.), to promote the use clean energy, to implement the national nuclear energy roadmap and action plan. , create a vibrant biomass energy market and expand gas pipelines to major demand centers across the country and increase LPG for cooking.

This has become important due to climate change concerns such as rising sea levels, increasing average global temperature, drought, and emissions leading to health complications and deaths.

Ghana currently has over 80% electricity coverage nationwide while efforts are underway to achieve universal coverage. In this regard, the Department of Energy continues to explore and exploit opportunities in the renewable energy sub-sector by investing in research, education, development, implementation and distribution to help pushing the frontiers of renewable energy systems.

As a result, there are still gaps identified in the current policy reforms of the Renewable Energy Master Plan as well as the Renewable Energy Policy under implementation and review. It can be mentioned that the current implementation drive is hampered by issues of low level of research, insufficient information sharing, inadequate local capacity building, bureaucracy in issuing licenses for renewable energy projects , lack of clear policy and commitment to deploying off-grid systems. , insufficient media inclusion and inadequate clear strategies for public-private partnerships.

As Ghana takes off to deliver transition in the energy sector, Global Future Sustainable Energy Foundation, as an advocate for renewable energy research and policy, has highlighted and recommended the need for huge financial investments, support for local content, bridging the knowledge gap in the sector, private sector actors involvement, government commitment to legal support framework at local and international level, safer renewable waste disposal issues. We note that Ghana has a lot to gain if this transition program is successful.

This would ensure energy security, exceeding the generation mix by 10% to fully augment current supply systems, improving Ghana’s high ecological biodiversity or microclimate, reducing the amount of green gas emissions, the export of electricity, the reduction of financial investments in the supply of fossil fuels, the achievement of 100% electricity coverage thanks to the supplementation of this sector, among others.

This initiative can succeed if the current government strategically reviews and fully implements the Renewable Energy Law (Law 832.2011) to enable the establishment of renewable energy institutions to boost the sector, provide financial support for renewable energy, build stronger advocacy platforms for sustainable development. energy systems and partnering with private sector operators to push industry boundaries.

This energy transition program, when successful, can help deepen Ghana’s energy security. We therefore call for greater collaboration in this regard to advance this enviable agenda.

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